Published on October 10th, 2009 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
Imperial, Delhi, India
The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embracing facets of India’s history. The 24 king palms, that lead up to the porch, stand a witness to the creation of New Delhi. Built in 1931 by Bromfield, a Lutyens’ associate, the Hotel is known for its contemporary colonial style. As New Delhi’s landmark Hotel, it is located on Janpath, steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions The Imperial is an ode to India’s independence from the British Raj and was built as a jewel in the crown of the outgoing rulers. The Imperial boasts a rich historical past with an awe-inspiring heritage.
The Imperial’s relationship with art is a long-standing one. Since its inception, over 70 years ago, the Hotel, known as a museum hotel, has been a repository of art and a home to many famous artists. The hotel displays a collection of the ‘British Art on India.’ Some prominent artists are Thomas and William Daniells, William Simpson, William Hodges, John Zollony, James Ferguson, J.B. Fraser, Emily Eden, Charles D’Oyly, among others. The hotel has 233 rooms, a beautiful Swimming Pool, and its garden is three acres full of lush greens, Royal palms, a remarkable number of species of trees, palms, ferns, flowering plants and shrubs.